Alou Diarra criticises West Ham pre-season training after thigh injury

The on-loan Rennes midfielder claims he had to ask for extra physical work to make up for lost time after returning for the new campaign later than his team-mates due to Euro 2012
Rennes midfielder Alou Diarra has criticised his parent club West Ham after a thigh injury restricted him to just two Premier League appearances for the east London side.

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Diarra signed for the Hammers from Marseille in the summer and claims his pre-season training schedule was inappropriate following his involvement with France at Euro 2012.

The 31-year-old joined up with Sam Allardyce's team later than most of his team-mates due to Les Bleus' run to the quarter-finals of the competition in Poland and Ukraine and subsquently felt he needed additional sessions to get up to speed.

"At West Ham, I was not prepared," he told L'Equipe. "When I arrived after the Euros, they put me directly with the group that had eight weeks of preparation.

"It is I who asked for extra physical sessions, while it should have been anticipated, and I then injured my thigh for two-and-a-half months. But I'm not being a victim.

"I did a lot of work to catch up. We expect a lot from me, but I cannot ignore the first six months at West Ham.

"Today, I work with a coherent and individualised physical coach to reduce this gap with the rest of the group."

Diarra is on loan at Rennes until the end of the season but remains under contract at West Ham until 2015.